Railways, Bengal win, Guj, Kar, Mum in QF

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Published: Sunday, December 12, 2010, 14:52 [IST]
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Railway, Bengal win, Guj, Kar, Mum in QF


Railways stunned a hapless Delhi by 22 runs as the hosts who were chasing a paltry 136, were skittled out for 113. Delhi began the final day needing 88 runs with 6 wickets in hand,but on a track that was seaming prodigiously, runs were difficult to secure. The last pair of specialist batsmen Gaurav Chabra and Rajat Bhatia were dismissed soon and Delhi slumped to 76 for 6. The home-side's bowling hero Sumit Narwal, who had picked up 9 wickets in the match, remained defiant hitting a quartet of boundaries in his 39. But Railways attacked at the other end, removing Puneet Bisht and Pradeep Sangwan. Then Narwal's desperate stand came to an end when he was run out and two deliveries later, the off-spinner Vikas Mishra was also found short of his crease with Railways ffecting a memorable victory. Now Delhi's upcoming game against Mumbai has become crucial while Railways have given themselves a chance of making the knock-outs.

Bengal got past Saurashtra and took the three points up for grabs, thanks to an unbeaten double-ton from Manoj Tiwary and a maiden century from offbreak Saurashish Lahiri at Rajkot. Tiwary resumed his innings at 116 with his side needing 128 runs with five wickets left. Laxmi Shukla batted with aggression for his 45 before being stumped, but then Tiwary and Lahiri batted through the renmainder of the day and put on a defiant 209-run stand. Tiwary was not out on 233, while Lahiri fell in the last over.

Gujarat secured a comfortable first innings lead over Assam thanks to a five-for from pace man Ishwar Choudhary at Guwahati. Gujarat seamer Amit Singh got the breakthrough for his side on the final day's 15th over. However, Assam's skipper Amol Mazumdar and Gokul Sharma batted with character in a vigorous fifth-wicket partnership to put on 93. Just when it looked like Assam had weathered the storm, Singh removed Mazumdar for 90 and Gujarat were back in the game. Choudhary made short work of Assam's innings after that, getting four of the remaining five wickets, including Gokul for 55. Assam collapsed to 273 all out after being 229/4. Gujarat had secured the crucial three points, but Assam retaliated strongly to reduce the visitors to 0/3 before Sunny Patel retired hurt. But Guajart played out the last few overs of the day and are now placed right behind Delhi with a shot to make the quarterfinals.

Tamil Nadu picked up first innings points against Mumbai in a rain-hit draw at Chennai. R Sathish and K Vasudevadas resumed batting just 89 runs of Mumbai's 238. Sathish was dismissed on 44, with his side just 7 runs behind Mumbai's total. BUt Vasudevadas gave Tamil Nadu the lead before he was sent back just one short of a century. The lower order packed quite a punch taking the ultimate score to 347 with L Balaji hitting four sixes in his 41. Mumbai's left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh finised with impressive figures of 5 for 86. Both Mumbai's openers went to the spin of TN's Suresh Kumar before the match was called off. The game was ultimately inconsequential to Mumbai as they have already made the quarter-finals while TN are in second place.


Punjab were unable to force an outright win against Haryana who hung on in the last day by finishing at 220 for 8, chasing Punjab's 378. Punjab had made a positive start, with M S Gony knocking over the first 3 wickets for a mere 36 runs, but Hemang Badani and Rahul Dewan put up strong resistance with an 80-run stand. Rajwinder dismissed the pair, but then Sachin Rana, who's century in the first innings helped Haryana avoid the follow on, stood his ground with Pardeep Sahu, batting out more than 20 overs. When that stand was broken by Rajinder, Joginder Sharnma resisted to earn Haryana a point. The day began with Punjab resuming with a lead of 289 and finally declaring on 232 for 6 with a second half century from Uday Kaul. But the declaration turned out to have come a little too nlate. Haryana still have a chance to make to the quarterfinals with a game remaining against Orissa.

Karnataka join Mumbai in the quarterfinals after forcing a boring draw with Baroda in Mysore. The hosts went into the final day leading by a mammoth 390, but still chose to bat 23 more overs to declare on 391 for 8. Amit Verma was out for 80 while Stuart Binny contributed 70 and Vinay Kumar pitched in with a half-century. Set with a gigantic target of 480 to win, Baroda reached 151 for 3 in 55 overs before the match was declared a draw.

Orissa managed to take a first innings lead over Himachal Pradesh in another rain-hit draw at Cuttak. Opener Paresh Patel's fifty and substantial contributions from Biplab Samantry and Niranjan Behera helped Orissa move past Himachal's 163, ultimately declaring on 190/8. Seamer Rishi Dhawan finished with career best figures of 5 for 63. In the second innings, Himachal reached 25/1 at the close of the match and are positioned last in Group B.


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